Prep 30 mins
Cook 24 hrs
Where I got this recipe I really couldn't say. I know I've had it in my collection for at least 30 years, and remember making it at least once. Since I seem to flub candy the past few years I'm not sure if I could make it now. Some of you candy makers need to try it and review it.
- 6 cups sugar
- 2 cups cream
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 3 cups nuts, chopped
- Mix four cups of sugar and cream in large heavy pan and bring to boil.
- Put remaining 2 cups of sugar into a heavy skillet and place on low heat, stirring constantly until sugar is completely melted and looks like brown syrup, light brown in color.
- When sugar is melted pour into 1st boiling mixture. Mix well and let cook until it makes a firm ball when dropped in cold water. (Can use a candy thermometer too.)
- Set off fire and stir in soda, until mixture foams.
- Add butter and stir until melted.
- Let mixture set for 20 minutes and then add vanilla and beat until heavy.
- Stir in nuts and pour into a buttered pan.
- Let cool and cut in squares.
My granny used to make a similar fudge, and since she passed in 1990, no one has been able to replicate it exactly. I lost the recipe about four years ago, but even when I had it, I couldn't get it quite right. Recipes for burnt sugar fudge are very hard to come by as it's not a popular fudge flavor. This makes more fudge than my granny's recipe, and the other significant difference is that we only "burnt" a half-cup of sugar in her recipe, whereas this recipe calls for "burning" two full cups. Fudge is difficult to master, but don't give up on this recipe! It's very time consuming, but it's worth the wait. In order to avoid crystals in the final product, be sure to continuously scrape the sides of the pan as you're cooking, and swap out for a clean spoon or scraper before you hit firm ball stage. Make sure to let the fudge sit off the heat for about 15-20 minutes (I leave mine covered). The recipe calls for "beating until heavy," which takes FOREVER if you're beating by hand. The last two times I've made this, I've cheated and used a hand mixer on medium for about 3-4 minutes. It's perfection! Thank you so much for resurrecting this recipe from your collection and posting it online so I could have a taste of Granny's fudge again!